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Wendy Lemke MS, Licensed Psychologist
ASCH Certified Clinical Hypnosis Consultant
Certified Ego State Therapist, Consultant, & Trainer through Ego State Therapy North America (ESTNA) & Ego State Therapy International (ESTI)
Wendy is a licensed psychologist with over thirty years of clinical experience. She worked for Lutheran Social Service for seven years, joined a group private practice, and then started her own practice which is now Lemke Counseling & Consulting. She also serves as adjunct faculty for St. Cloud Technical Community College. She is a sought after presenter for her engaging style and expertise in the fields of clinical hypnosis, ego state therapy, and trauma related disorders. She has consultees all around the globe and enjoys sharing her passion for clinical hypnosis and helping others become certified.
The following should help give you a feel for her competence, her passion, and her dedication for sharing her gifts with others whether doing so clinically, consulting, or through teaching:
Wendy Lemke is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) certified approved consultant, an active member and former Vice President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She is also an active member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH) and has served on the Board and various committees for both organizations as well as teaching basic, intermediate, and advanced workshops at regional and annual conferences.
She's a certified therapist and trainer through Ego-State Therapy International and often incorporates it into her clinical work.
She has recieved numerous awards. She's been honored with three from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: a journal award for publishing, a Merit award, and most recently a Presidential award for her continued efforts to expand clinical hypnosis education to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She was also awarded the Daniel P. Kohen M.D. Outstanding Clinician Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in the clinical practice, teaching, and utilization of therapeutic hypnosis by the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis in June, 2014.
Wendy is also a fellow and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
She has published articles in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Many Voices, and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She also wrote and produced the popular DVD: You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder and has produced Self-hypnosis CD’s as well.
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No matter what service Lemke Counseling & Consulting provides, Wendy's highly personalized approach means that your experience will be tailored to your unique needs. She is particularly passionate about Ego State Therapy and clinical hypnosis.
EGO STATE THERAPY: Access Your Inner Resources
Ego state therapy is an effective approach that was founded by John and Helen Watkins. Although, it has a clear psychoanalytical foundation, results seem to be much more efficient than psychoanalysis. It is an effective and very useful approach when working with internal conflicts, especially trauma and dissociative disorders. However, it is also useful with many other clinical concerns.
Ego states are the parts of our personality that make up our entire self. These parts give us the ability to adapt, think, act, and respond differently in different situations. Sometimes conflict occurs internally among different ego states and an individual may not even be conscious of why the conflict is there. Exploring and working with the different parts of our selves can produce efficient results and relief.
Usually ego state therapy is combined with hypnosis in order to effectively explore the covert ego states and any internal conflict(s). This is especially useful if the conflict is not a conscious process, which is often the case. However, it should be noted that ego state theory and therapy applications can and are utilized without hypnosis as well. Many therapists assign journaling assignments such as writing to “the child within” which certainly assumes the existence of a covert ego state.
The Power of the Unconscious
What is clinical hypnosis? One first must define what the human capacity for trance is. We all go in and out of trance states. A trance is a state of focused attention where you become very absorbed in a thought and/or activity. In this state your suggestibility is often heightened. Trance states can be positive, negative, or neutral. Most people have some idea about what hypnosis is, but usually that idea comes from the media, entertainment, or a 'lay' hypnotist which often leads to myths or misconceptions about hypnosis and what it is. Clinical hypnosis is different. Clinical means that it is utilized for treatment, whether that be medical, dental, or mental health. We use clinical hypnosis to teach clients how to stop distructive self-induced trance states, undo useless suggestions that have become 'fixed' in their mind, and/or to facilitate constructive trance states for a therapeutic purpose, and provide constructive hypnotic suggestions. We can use clinical hypnosis for symptom management and/or for unconscious exploration to explore symptoms and/or solutions for a variety of mental health issues.
Wendy provides training in clinical hypnosis for other health care providers. She is an active member and former vice president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis which is the largest U.S. organization that only provides training for clinical healthcare providers.